Mission and Vision
Serving Foster Youth since 2016
Our core mission is to provide brand new, high quality bags to foster youth instead of trash bags as luggage when being removed from their homes or transitioning between care. We pinpoint our yearlong campaigns to enhance the foster care journey by providing well-thought-out and essential items that go inside the bags.
Over 500 children enter the foster care system each day and most of them may be removed from their home with their belongings stuffed in a trash bag. These children have been neglected and often feel like they don’t matter.
A Day 1 Bag gives children entering foster care a sense of dignity and hope. Each bag is of the highest quality with room for their only treasures. Dignity, not trash, is what we believe is needed during this difficult time.
What started as an Eagle Scout project in Boerne, Texas in 2016 to give backpacks to foster children has turned into an award-winning, multi-state project that has delivered over 44,000 backpacks and duffel bags to foster children. See our website or Facebook page to hear the story of the dream and success of this grass-roots project that is positively impacting so many lives. https://www.facebook.com/day1bags
Day 1 Bags is a “for-impact” organization. We love to make big differences in the lives of so many that may be overlooked or forgotten. Your donation allows us to provide foster youth with the best duffel bags, backpacks, vital document bags and so much more for foster youth. Day 1 Bags is a volunteer-run organization. Your donation allows us to provide foster youth with the best duffel bags and backpacks for foster youth. A donation in honor of a friend, colleague or loved one is also a special and meaningful holiday gesture! If you would like to donate by check, please mail to: Day 1 Bags C/O Hunter Beaton 118 Lake Front Dr. Boerne, TX 78006 Make checks payable to: Day 1 Bags.
SUPPORT US through Corporate Giving, Corporate Matching Gifts, Donations, Organizing a Drive or Event, or contact us for more ideas.
Day 1 Bags is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing NEW bags and backpacks to non-profits and government agencies in the foster care or aged out foster care population. We are serving over 5,000 teens a year - and growing! - providing them complete bags and a wish card – FOR FREE.
Adopt a Senior from Foster Care - https://www.facebook.com/2022AdoptSeniorsfromFosterCare -
Our 3rd annual Adopt a Senior campaign needs your help. This campaign provides high quality bags to foster kids graduating from high school in Texas. Less than 50% of foster children nationwide graduate from high school. What a great way to say congratulations to those who do!
A Serenity Activity Pack -https://www.facebook.com/asapday1bags -
We have made arrangements with local and state law enforcement to supply every patrol car across Texas with special Day One duffle for initial contact with children by law enforcement